Six leading educational and scientific organisations in Russia with competencies in the field of hydrogen energy have signed an agreement to establish a consortium, Technological Hydrogen Valley, for the development of hydrogen technologies.
The participants will conduct joint research and develop technologies for hydrogen production, transportation, safe storage and use in the energy sector.
The creation of the consortium was initiated by the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU). It includes the Institute of Catalysis of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, the Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis of RAS, the Samara State Technical University and the Sakhalin State University.
“The global energy market is changing, humanity needs new, efficient, more environmentally friendly energy sources not as a replacement, but as an alternative to traditional hydrocarbons. And hydrogen will definitely occupy its niche in the energy of the future,” said TPU. T
he International Hydrogen Council estimates that by 2050, hydrogen will account for 18% of total global energy demand. “In order for Russia to be a leading player in this energy market of the future, the scientific community must combine its knowledge and efforts to increase the backlog in the field of hydrogen technologies.”
TPU said it is important that the consortium includes both universities and institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, “while all participants are organisations with a serious level of competencies in the field of hydrogen”.
The consortium members will jointly develop technologies along the entire "hydrogen chain": from technologies for its production to use. The consortium plans close cooperation with major Russian companies interested in the development of hydrogen energy. In the near future, the participants will develop a roadmap for further work. The first joint scientific event will be the conference, which is scheduled for December.